The Top Sporting Events in the UK

Whether you’re a sporting fan or looking for something to do this year, check out our list of top sporting events to attend in the UK!

Badminton Horse Trials

Set up in 1949, the Badminton Horse Trials were first established by the 10th Duke of Beaufort to allow British riders to have somewhere to train for international events.

Since then it has become one of the biggest competitions in the eventing calendar attracting huge crowds and the world’s best horses and riders.

Running over the course of 5 days, with lots to see and do, the Badminton Horse Trials are guaranteed to be a fun day out for all.

Cartier International Polo

One of the biggest events in the polo calendar, the Cartier Queen’s Cup competition brings together the world’s top polo players and their ponies, along with attracting over 25,000 members of the public including royalty and celebrities.

Dine in style with some of the finest hospitality, while experiencing the fast-paced thrill of polo as they gallop at speed across the pitch, and turn on a dime.

Cheltenham Festival

If you’re a fan of horse racing then you will love the Cheltenham Festival. Running for 4 days throughout March, the Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest races in the calendar.

Attracting crowds in their thousands, enjoy 4 days jam-packed with horse racing, good food, and champagne.

Top 10 sporting events in the UK

F1 Grand Prix

First held in 1926, the British Grand Prix is the oldest race in the Formula One world championship calendar.

Currently held at Silverstone and attended by many avid motorsport fans, the F1 British Grand Prix is a must for any car fanatic. There you will be able to watch the world’s fastest drivers and cars go head-to-head, driving up to speeds of more than 200mph – now that’s fast!

FA Cup Final

One for the football fans! The FA Cup final is one of the biggest events in the football calendar. It is the last match in the Football Association Challenge Cup, and is attended by well over 80,000 people.

Held at Wembley, the FA Cup final has an electric atmosphere and remains one of the favourite events today for football fans around the world.

Grand National

One of the most well-known horse races amongst racing fans and non-racing fans alike, watch the world’s best horses and jockeys compete in of the most famous steeplechases. With fences like The Chair and Becher’s Brook, it is a true test of skill from both horse and rider.

The Grand National is attended by thousands of people every year. With plenty to see and do, the Grand National is definitely one for the list.

Henley Regatta

Held annually on the River Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames, the Henley Regatta is a 6-day boat race of head-to-head knockout competitions, where competitors battle to win the most prestigious event the challenge cup.

Attended by more than 300,000 people, the Henley Regatta is a must for any boating fan.

Hickstead Derby

First held in 1961 the Hickstead Derby is one of the biggest events in British showjumping and one of the only few where riders still compete on a grass track.

Watch the biggest names in showjumping take on the Hickstead Derby course and its famous fences including the water jump which is one of the widest in the world, the Devil’s Dyke combination, and the famous 10ft 6in Derby Bank.

With plenty of thrills and spills along the way and plenty of shopping, the Hickstead Derby is a great day out for all.

London International Horse Show

One of the favourites amongst horse lovers, the London International Horse Show is one of the most anticipated horse shows of the year.

Held in December up until the week before Christmas at the Excel London, this event is perfect to get into the Christmas spirit.

Watch the world’s leading riders and Olympic medallists take part in events from dressage, to jumping, carriage driving, and one of the most famous, the Puissance, where horses jump a wall that can go up to 7ft in height!

MotoGP Grand Prix

The most exhilarating race on two wheels, the MotoGP championship brings together the world’s best in motorsport, as they compete to take the championship.

Complete with live music, glamping, and the option to meet the riders, be prepared for some adrenalin-racing entertainment.

Open Golf Championships

Established in 1860, the Open Golf Championship is one of the most prestigious in the golfing calendar, held at St Andrews, the open golf championship attracts large crowds from around the world. Experience the patience, skill, and beauty of golfing along with some of the finest hospitality.

Six Nations Rugby

First played in 1883, the Six Nations Rugby consists of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales.

Support your team, hear the roar of the crowd, and experience the excitement of the best players in the world battling for the Six Nations trophy.

Top 10 sporting events in the UK


The pinnacle of tennis, and the oldest tennis championship in the world, Wimbledon is an event attended by thousands of people every year.

Part of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, and hosted in the summer, watch the world’s greats take each other on in the court in a bid to take the Wimbledon crown whilst enjoying a Wimbledon favourite of strawberries and cream.

World Snooker Championships

The longest-running and most prestigious tournament in professional snooker, the World Snooker Championships is one of the three tournaments that make up snooker’s Triple Crown Series.

Witness the magic of snooker and watch as the world’s best compete to take the championship.


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